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Fit Academy Day Camp

We are updating our Fit Academy program to fit the current needs of the school system, so welcome to the first ever  “Fit Academy Day Camp!” The program will run from August 17th – October , and it will meet Mondays through Thursdays. The purpose of this program is to help bridge the gap for parents who need to work, and have kids on the new split school system schedule. During this time your child can expect: Homework time, PE time, lunch, and play time. Here are the details

We are now taking enrollment for the 2020 months of August – October

Fit Academy makes a fun Art Project!

  • Who: Two different groups: Kindergarten – 2nd grade, and 3rd – 6th grade. There are 15 spots per group, for a total of 30 spots per month.
  • Where: Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
  • When: August 2020 – October 2020
  • Camp Hours: Monday – Thursday. Arrive between 7:30am and 8:00am, pick up between 4:00pm – 4:30pm.
  • Fee: $30 per day
  • Activities include: Homework time, PE time, play time, pool time, lunch and snacks.
  • Registration: Parents must register for specific days for an entire month and they cannot switch days once registered. For example, a child may come on Mondays and Wednesdays for the entire month of September.


Fit Academy Registration

Wellness Center COVID-Safe Reopening Plan

COVID-safeWe thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we carefully review rules and regulations to plan for your safe return. We know you have many questions about what to expect! This communication should prepare you for your return to the gym. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. You will find all necessary contact information at the conclusion of this communication.

Our goal is to reopen the Wellness Center slowly, safely, and in compliance with state and local healthcare officials. We will follow a phased reopening plan outlined by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and the Governor’s office. Our operations will be modified as we slowly re-engage with our members and eventually our community.

Opening Date: September 7, 2020. As we enter phase 2.5, the Wellness Center is able to open at 30% capacity. Please read the information below, to see what our guidelines are for this current phase.

Class Schedules and Facility Hours. Please click on the following link to view our most up to date facility hours, and class schedule offerings: Schedules and Hours.

Available for Members

  • Weight Room
  • Cardiovascular Equipment 
  • CrossFit Gym / Basketball Court
  • Therapy Pool (Physical Therapy Referral)
  • Aqua Arthritis Classes (Provider Referral)
  • Lap Pool Swimming (Lane Reservation Required)
  • Locker Room (For Lap Swimmers ONLY)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Virtual and Outdoor Group Exercise Classes
  • Limited Indoor Group Exercise Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Virtual & In Person Nutrition and Health Coaching
  • Indoor walking track

Wellness Center Committment

  • A safe, clean and disinfected environment
  • Additional Hand Sanitizing Stations
  • Additional Disinfectant Wipe Dispensers
  • Cardiovascular Equipment spaced 10-15 feet apart
  • Employees screened for fever each time they enter the building
  • Employees required to wear a mask while working
  • Increased sanitation and disinfecting protocols
  • Max Capacity of 75 members at any given time

What if I'm high risk?

  • We completely understand your concern, and are encouraging all people who are higher risk to come to the facility Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 4:00pm. These times have historically been lower volume. These times will be constantly monitored, and will be updated here once a week.
  • We also encourage higher-risk members to download the app, or check the Capacity Counter on the Wellness Center Home Page
  • Continue to take advantage of our virtual options.

Temporarily Suspended or Closed


  • Childcare reservations
  • Racquetball reservations
  • Towel service
  • Self-serve coffee
  • Cooking classes
  • Birthday parties

Member Responsibilities

  • Participate in touch-less thermometer temperature screenings
  • Answer a simple questionnaire regarding illness and travel
  • Re-activate your membership at the Front Desk
  • Sign electronic liability waiver once, or daily in person waiver (REQUIRED)
  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth in the building at all times, except when directly participating in exercise. Masks are also required when moving in between exercises.
  • Respect capacity limit for Weight Room, Cardio Floor and Track areas (Currently set to 25 per area)
  • Scan in and out to help manage our Capacity Counter for the building
  • Bring your own hydration, or purchase from the Front Desk. (Bottle filling station is available)
  • Maintain appropriate distance of at least 6 feet, or 10-15 feet while exercising
  • Wipe down machines and equipment before and after use
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Wellness Center is closed effective March 17

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is making the difficult decision to close the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center effective March 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The decision was made given the extraordinary events of the past few days, including the president’s recent recommendation that all gatherings should be limited to no more than ten people.

The Wellness Center will remain closed for at least two weeks, at which time we will reevaluate the situation. Member billing will be adjusted for this period of closure, and any applicable late fees will be waived for the month of March.

We understand that the Wellness Center is an integral part of many people’s daily lives and routines. During this unprecedented time, we feel that this closure is a necessary step in ARHS’s efforts to flatten the curve and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Due to medical necessity, patients will still have the option to receive physical therapy and occupational therapy services at The Rehabilitation Center. For more information about The Rehabilitation Center, please call (828) 268-9043.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

For questions regarding closure of the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center, please call 828-266-1060.

For more information about the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s response to COVID-19, visit apprhs.org/COVID19 .

Check-In Challenge

In Honor of Member Appreciation Month, we are hosting a check-in challenge with the opportunity to win great prizes based on your # of visits.

  • 12+ Visits: Entered in to win a free month of membership
  • 15+ Visits: Entered in to win a free 60 minute massage
  • Most Visits: Wins a free PT package of 3-60 min sessions

*Check Ins will be counted only from 3/1/20-3/ 31/20

In order to be eligible to win, a minimum of ONE donation item must be brought in for the Hunger & Health Coalition! Some of the most requested items include:

Oatmeal Rice Cold Cereal
Canned Fruit Canned Vegetables Crackers
Peanut Butter Jelly Soup
Tuna Canned Chicken Dried Beans
Canned Beans Canned Tomatoes Juices
Macaroni & Cheese Pasta Pasta Sauces
Tortillas Corn Husks Chili







**Donation items will be tracked at the Front Desk. If you have any questions please see the Front Desk for information or call 828-266-1060

Blood Pressure Clinic

Blood Pressure Clinic

The Blood Pressure Clinic is a service provided by the Wellness Center to educate individuals about their blood pressure numbers and the importance of checking for changes in their resting blood pressure. Blood pressures will be taken by an exercise specialist with knowledge on how to help you better understand factors that play a role in blood pressure changes. The Wellness Center will help keep track of not only your resting blood pressure numbers but your resting heart rate and oxygen saturation levels. If at any time you would like to communicate your resting numbers to your primary physician, we can provide you with a printed copy or fax your recorded numbers.

Monday and Wednesday – 10:30am – 11:45am

Located in Classroom 2

Starts March 2nd.


See the front desk or call (828) 266-1060 for more info.

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Cooking with Casey

Cooking with Casey


Learn basic cooking skills, try tasty snacks, and learn about the basics of nutrition!

Our Goal 

Throughout this class your child will learn basic kitchen safety skills and increase their confidence in helping prepare meals in the kitchen. They will also learn the basics of nutrition focusing on sugar, healthy carbohydrates and protein, and how to build a balanced plate. Your child will leave the class feeling accomplished and excited about cooking healthy meals, snacks and desserts.

Basic Information

  • For children ages 8-10
  • The class will be held every Monday evening from 4:00 – 6:30 from March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020
  • There will be 10 spots available
  • Cost is $125 per child
  • Sign up at the front desk
  • Call (828) 266-1060 for more info

Let your child get comfortable in the kitchen, make new friends, and explore the world of nutrition.

Week 1

  • tie dye aprons
  • learn basic kitchen safety skills
  • prepare fun, healthy snacks focused on fruits and veggies

Week 2

  •  Learn about sugar, its sources, and why we should limit it
  • Prepare healthy desserts to learn about and try alternatives to traditional favorites 

Week 3

  • Learn about MyPlate, what it is and how to use it to build a healthy, balanced plate
  • Prepare healthy, packable lunches and talk about how they fit

Week 4

  • Prepare a homemade, family style Italian meal
  • Each child is encouraged to invite up to two family members to join them on the final night of class at 6:30 to enjoy a handmade Italian meal and discuss their favorite parts of the class

About Your Instructor 

Meet Heather Casey

Meet Heather Casey

Registered Dietitian

Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Over the last 8 years, Heather has worked at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System as a Clinical Dietitian. Heather is also the Director of the Adolescent Fitness Program (Ad-Fit) and teaches Nutrition Counseling and Nutrition Assessment classes at Appalachian State University.

When Heather isn’t working, she enjoys being active through hiking and running, and enjoys participating in and watching sports. Her desire as a Registered Dietitian is to help teach, encourage and motivate each individual on his or her journey towards wellness.

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